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William Wells BrownClotel, or, The President's Daughter (January 22, 2011)

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LibriVox recording of Clotel, or, The President's Daughter, by William Wells Brown.

Clotel; or, The President's Daughter is a novel by William Wells Brown (1815-84), a fugitive from slavery and abolitionist and was published in London, England in December 1853. It is often considered the first African-American novel. This novel focuses on the difficult lives of mulattoes in America and the "degraded and immoral condition of the relation of master and slave in the USA" (Brown). It is about the tragic lives of Currer, Althesea, and Clotel. In the novel, Currer is the former mulatto mistress of President Thomas Jefferson who together have two daughters, Althesea and Clotel. Because she was beautiful and the mistress of Jefferson, Currer and her daughters lived a confortable life, this changed when her master passes away. In the end, Currer and Althesea are auctioned to the notorious slave trader, Dick Walker. Clotel is bought by her lover Horatio Green. The separation of these three women is just the beginning of the injustices they face.

It gained notoriety amid the unconfirmed rumors regarding Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. Brown was still considered someone else's legal property within the borders of the United States at the time of its publication. It is considered to be the first novel written by an African American.

Brown used the injustices of slavery to demonstrate the destructive effects it had on the African American family, most significantly the so-called tragic mulatto. Brown had escaped from slavery in Kentucky while still in his youth, and became active on the anti-slavery circuit.

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: William Wells Brown
Date: 2011-01-22
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; historical fiction; slavery; black;

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0


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00 - Memoir of the Author 3.1 MB
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01 - The Negro Sale 16.0 MB
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02 - Going to the South 12.7 MB
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03 - The Negro Chase 9.2 MB
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04 - The Quadroon's Home 5.5 MB
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05 - The Slave Master 6.2 MB
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06 - The Religious Teacher 23.6 MB
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07 - The Poor Whites, South 9.7 MB
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08 - The Separation 8.3 MB
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09 - The Man of Honor 3.0 MB
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10 - The Young Christian 11.9 MB
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11 - The Parson Poet 5.7 MB
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12 - A Night in the Parson's Kitchen 9.3 MB
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13 - A Slave Hunt 10.3 MB
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14 - A Free Woman Reduced to Slavery 6.2 MB
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15 - Today a Mistress,Tomorrow a Slave 5.4 MB
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16 - Death of the Parson 8.5 MB
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17 - Retaliation 4.8 MB
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18 - The Liberator 12.5 MB
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19 - Escape of Clotel 23.5 MB
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20 - A True Democrat 8.0 MB
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21 - The Christian's Death 12.3 MB
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22 - A Ride in a Stage Coach 19.5 MB
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23 - Truth Stranger Than Fiction 11.0 MB
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24 - The Arrest 8.8 MB
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25 - Death is Freedom 9.9 MB
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26 - The Escape 15.2 MB
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27 - The Mystery 6.2 MB
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28 - The Happy Meeting and The Conclusion 17.0 MB
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